Founder and MD Stephen Dunleavy established Humble Bee Films in 2009. A former BBC Natural History Unit producer with almost thirty years experience, he established Humble Bee with the express aim of producing standout factual television focusing on nature, science and history. Stephen oversees all editorial aspects of production and has steered the company from its humble origins as a single project indie to a growing company with multiple projects for broadcasters and platform across the globe.
Stephen has been developing and producing factual television for over 20 years across multiple independent companies and for the BBC. Previously, he was Creative Director at Icon Films where he created shows for the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, National Geographic Channels, The Discovery Channel and Vice. Prior to moving to Bristol he was a Producer and Series Producer across various well known UK series.
Head of Production
Lisa has more than 20 years experience in the television industry. Lisa has production managed logistically complex, big-budget series across the globe. With experience in the BBC and the independent sector, Lisa is now in charge of all aspects of Humble Bee Films’ production, finance and business.
Senior Producer, Development
Charlotte has been working in television for 25 years, in the UK, US and Japan. Setting out as a trainee foreign correspondent with the BBC, she went on to work in entertainment with the likes of Clive James, Ruby Wax and Graham Norton. At Humble Bee, Charlotte continues to nurture new and established talent and marry them with brilliant ideas, as well as developing natural history ideas for audiences of all ages.
Elena has previously worked for the BBC and a range of independent production companies. Having worked with the Big 3 (Brad Pitt, Nigella & Attenborough!), her production management experience spans across genres including natural history, animation, cookery programmes and feature films. Having recently become a mentor at the Rising Arts Agency, Elena is keen to help and grow the next generation of young creatives.
Sharmila has over 25 years experience making natural history programmes and has been involved in many of David Attenborough's productions. At Humble Bee Films she has produced Attenborough's Life in Colour, Attenborough and the Giant Elephant, and Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities.
Tam joined the Humble Bee team in 2019 as the Team Assistant. Tam has made this role her own and helps with office admin, production admin, development research and the occasional shoot! Her passion is Natural History TV, and she hopes to continue developing her career in production with Humble Bee.
Beth has been producing and directing documentaries for more than 20 years; as well as series producing duties on multiple natural history content for BBC NHU, ITV, Smithsonian and Animal Planet. She’s a highly experienced PD of observational and constructed documentaries for the BBC, and all other terrestrial channels in the UK.